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Travel in Chinese Lesson 95 Elephant Trunk Hill 1

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Local: Mr Huang, Michael, thank you for attending the conference in Guilin. We hope our co-operation is a success!

Renhao: Thanks!

Local: Everyone must be exhausted after all these meetings over the past few days. Tomorrow is the weekend. If you’re not in a hurry to get back, why don’t we take a tour of Guilin’s sights, and get some relaxation.

Michael: That’s fantastic. I’ve heard that ‘Guilin scenery is the best in the world’, but I haven’t had a chance to check it out over the past few days. You have no idea how anxious I am..

Renhao: Haha, well we have to take you to a few more places to make up for the past two days.

Local: OK, I’ll pick you up tomorrow morning.

Local: Michael, Michael, so here you are taking photos. I’ve been looking all over for you.

Michael: So sorry, but the scenery here is so beautiful. I feel all I have to do is point the camera; click and I get a great photo.

Local: Haha, many people feel that way when they come here.

Michael: No problem. Oh right, wher’s Mr. Huang? Has he gone to take photos too?

Local: No, he’s waiting for us over there. The scenery over there is even better than here.

Michael: Is it?Well take me there.

Renhao: Michael, come over here. I’ll stand here. Can you take a photo for me please?

Michael: Sure. Hmm, let me see. Hey, Mr. Huang, the mountain behind you is very interesting. It looks like an elephant.

Local: Haha, this is the famous Elephant Trunk Mountain in Guilin. Of course it looks like an elephant.

Renhao: Most visitors to Guilin would have their photos taken here. A bit like when you visit New York and have photos taken in front of the Statue of Liberty.

Michael: Oh really?Then I want a photo here too. Mr. Huang, here’s the camera.

Renhao: Eh, hang on. I haven’t had my picture taken yet!


1、非得 must, have to


Do you have to go there today? It's not too late to go tomorrow?


It's very rare for you to come, you absolutely must stay and have a meal today.

Sign Posts


As the saying goes, 桂林山水甲天下 "Guilin’s scenery bests all others in the world." Chinese frequently refer to it as the world's most beautiful scenery. To many foreigners, the scenery of Guilin typifies what we imagine China looks like. Traditional Chinese painting often features exotic and imaginary scenes of mountains and rivers. But as many visitors to China exclaim, the scenery at Guilin looks just like a traditional Chinese painting. Perhaps many of those painting scenes were not imaginary after all.

The city of Guilin is rather compact when compared with other leading cities in the country. However, situated within this area one can find green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and beautiful stones. Major attractions include Elephant Trunk Hill 象鼻山 that we hear about in the dialogue and Reed Flute Cave 芦笛岩, with remarkable stalactites and stalagmines. Seven-Star Park 七星公园, which dates from the Sui Dynasty over 1000 years ago is said to be one of the nicest city parks in China. The seven stars refer to the seven peaks in the park which are said to resemble the layout of Ursa Major, the Big Dipper.

A boat trip down the peaceful Li River is the absolute high point of any visit to Guilin. Gorgeous Karst peaks bring an amazing new scene at each bend of the peaceful river. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants toil in the rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River become one of China's top tourist destinations. Yangshuo, at the end of the boat journey is today a developed village that thrives mainly on tourism. A round trip from Guilin to Yangshuo is often accomplished by boat down the river and bus back to Guilin.

Substitution and Extension

1、难道......could it be?


How come he's not been here yet? Could it be that he forgot the departure time?

2、免不了 can't avoid, can't help


Tourists who come to Beijing can't help but take a photo in front of Tian An Men.




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